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Women all over New Zealand put on Headscarves to show Solidarity with Muslims

Muslim women proudly cover their heads in public with the Hijab as a sign of modesty

Friday March 22, 2019 11:36 AM, ummid.com News Network

New Zealand Prime Minister in Headscarf

[New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Headscarf led the special ceremony held today.]

Christchurch: Women all over New Zealand put on headscarves on Friday to show solidarity with Muslims a week after 50 Muslim worshipers were killed at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15.

A doctor in Auckland, Thaya Ashman, came up with the idea to encourage people to wear a headscarf after hearing about a woman who was too scared to go out as she felt her headscarf would make her a target for terrorism, according to Reuters.

"I wanted to say: 'We are with you, we want you to feel at home on your own streets, we love, support and respect you'," Ashman said.

As Christchurch geared up for prayers at a park in front of the Masjid Al Noor, where most of the victims were killed last week, women in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch posted pictures of themselves in headscarves, some with children in headscarves, too.

"Why am I wearing a headscarf today? Well, my primary reason was that if anybody else turns up waving a gun, I want to stand between him and anybody he might be pointing it at. And I don't want him to be able to tell the difference, because there is no difference," said Bell Sibly, in Christchurch.

Muslim women proudly cover their heads in public with the Hijab as a sign of modesty, respecting the guidelines put forth by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

According to New Zealand Herald, at 1.30 pm Friday all of New Zealand came to a halt to remember the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks a week ago. It started with a call to prayer, followed by two minutes' silence. It was marked in cities around the country, and even some overseas.

Women in Headscarf

[New Zealand women don headscarves to support Muslims after shootings (Photo: Reuters)]

Thousands gathered in Hagley Park, opposite the Masjid Al Noor on Deans Ave. Several of the injured were seated at the front of the prayer mat in wheelchairs.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told those gathered: "New Zealand mourns with you. We are one."

On Thursday, Jacinda Ardern had announced that all national television and radio channels in New Zealand will broadcast live Azaa (also written as Adhan) - Muslim call to prayers, in a show of support to the Muslim victioms of the worst ever terrorist attack in the history of New Zealand.

The announcement by Jacinda Ardern two days after she displayed a strong show of solidarity with the Muslims in the wake of Christchurch mosque shooting by beginning her speech in the Parliament with Asslam o alaikum - Muslim greeting meaning 'peace and blessing be upon you'.

The special session of New Zealand Parliament convened to pay tribute to the victims of the worst ever terror attack in the history of the country in itself began with recitation of Holy Quran.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who hit the headlines in 2018 after she attended the United National General Assembly session with her 03-month-old baby in tow.

Jacinda Ardern shares with former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto the honour of becoming mother while holding Prime Minister's office. But, she is the only head of state who took her baby to the United Nations and delivered speech.

Jacinda Ardern is also being hailed for her handling of the situation after the March 15 terrorist attack in Christchurch.

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